Become a NYS Security Guard

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How do I Become a Registered Security Guard in New York?

In order to become a security guard in New York State, you must complete certain training prerequisites before you can receive your security guard registration and begin employment for the following:

  • New York State Security Officers
  • Armed Security Guards
  • Unarmed Security Guards

Do I need to take the NYS Security Guard Training Courses?

If you are currently serving or retired law enforcement, or you are a veteran, you may be eligible for a waiver from certain security training requirements. Use the questionnaire below to see your eligibility:

Have you ever received New York State law enforcement training?

Yes

No

Are you a veteran from the US Military?

No

Are you currently serving as a Police Officer?

Yes

No

Are you a Former Police Officer?

Yes, retired/resigned less than 10 years ago

Yes, retired/resigned more than 10 years ago

No

Are you a Current or Former Corrections Officer?

Yes, I am currently serving

Yes, retired/resigned less than 10 years ago

Yes, retired/resigned more than 10 years ago

No

Are you a Current or Former Bridge and Tunnel Officer, Sergeant or Lieutenant of the TBTA?

Yes, I am currently serving

Yes, retired/resigned less than 10 years ago

Yes, retired/resigned more than 10 years ago

No

Are you a Current or Former Court Officer or Clerk of the Unified Court System?

Yes, I am currently serving

Yes, retired/resigned less than 10 years ago

Yes, retired/resigned more than 10 years ago

No

Are you a Current or Former Sheriff, Undersheriff, or Deputy Sheriff for the NYC Sheriff’s Office?

Yes, I am currently serving

Yes, retired/resigned less than 10 years ago

Yes, retired/resigned more than 10 years ago

No

Are you a Current or Former Full Time Peace Officer?

Yes, I am currently serving

Yes, retired/resigned less than 4 years ago

Yes, retired/resigned more than 4 years ago

No

Unfortunately, based on the information you provided us, you are not eligible for any exemptions or waivers from the NYS security guard training courses. See the timeline below of what course requirements you need to take.

Congratulations! Based on the your answer that you are a currently serving LEO, you are are exempt from all security guard training and licensing requirements at this time.

However, if you decide to wait to pursue your armed security guard registration within 10 years of separation, you will need to take the 8 Hour Annual Firearms Training for Armed Guards.

Congratulations! Based on the your answer that you are a currently serving peace officer, you are eligible for a waiver of training through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (form). You will still need to complete the 8 Hour ANNUAL In-Service Security Training Course every calendar year you hold your guard registration.

If you are pursuing an armed guard registration, you may utilize the Annual Peace Officer In-Service Training to fulfill the required annual firearms training for armed guards.

Congratulations! Based on the your answer that you are a former peace officer who separated within the last 4 years, you are eligible for a waiver of training through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (form). You will still need to complete the 8 Hour ANNUAL In-Service Security Training Course every calendar year you hold your guard registration.

If you are pursuing an armed guard registration, you will need to complete the 8 Hour Annual Firearms Training for Armed Guards before applying for the registration and annually. You will also need a valid NYS pistol permit to be able to take the annual firearms course. Need pistol permit assistance?

Congratulations! Based on the information you provided us, you are eligible for exemptions for the following security training courses:

8 Hour Pre-Assignment Security Training Course

16 Hour On-The-Job Security Training Course

47 Hour Firearms Training Course

8 Hour ANNUAL In-Service Security Training Course

If you are pursuing an armed guard registration, you will need to complete the 8 Hour Annual Firearms Training for Armed Guards before applying for the registration and annually. You will also need a valid NYS pistol permit to be able to take the annual firearms course. Need pistol permit assistance?

Congratulations! Based on the information you provided us, you are eligible for exemptions for the following security training courses:

8 Hour Pre-Assignment Security Training Course

16 Hour On-The-Job Security Training Course

47 Hour Firearms Training Course

If you are applying to become an unarmed security guard, you must complete the 8 Hour ANNUAL In-Service Security Training Course before you can apply for the guard registration card and annually.

If you are pursuing an armed guard registration, you will need to complete the 8 Hour Annual Firearms Training for Armed Guards before applying for the special registration and annually. You will also need a valid NYS pistol permit to be able to take the annual firearms course. Need pistol permit assistance?

What Training Do I Need to Become a Security Guard?

 

To Become a New York Registered Unarmed Security Guard, You Must Complete the Following NYS Certified Security Training Courses

8 Hour Pre-Assignment Security Training

This is the first course in the series you must complete in order to apply for the NYS Unarmed Security Guard Registration Card.

16 Hour On-The-Job Security Training

This course must be completed within 90 days of beginning employment as a security guard. The 16-Hour On-The-Job Training course is broken down into two 8-hour classes over the course of two days.Both days MUST be completed in order to receive a certificate of completion

8 Hour Annual In-Service Security Training

Once employed in security, New York State requires that security guards must complete the Annual In-Service Training Course every calendar year as part of their training requirements and prerequisite for guard registration renewal. Participants must bring their N.Y.S. Security Registration to class.

To Become a New York State Registered Armed Security Guard, You Must Additionally Complete the Following Requirements:

NYS Pistol Permit

You must have a NYS Pistol Permit or License that has always been in good standing in order to enroll in any armed guard training courses and become a Registered Armed Guard, even if you are a veteran or former law enforcement. We offer pistol permit assistance to help you navigate the difficult process.

47 Hour Firearms Training

This course must be completed before you can apply for an armed guard registration or upgrade to your unarmed registration. The 47 Hour Firearms Training includes classroom instruction, as well as practice and examination at the gun range. Ammunition is not included, you must separately purchase 600 rounds of ammo. (15 boxes of 50 rounds) This course is typically broken down into 6 or 8 day sessions, that can vary between weekends, weeknights, and/or weekdays.

8 Hour ANNUAL Firearms Training

Registered armed guards must complete this course every calendar year they hold their registration. Failure to complete this requirement may result in denial for renewal and loss of your registration. Participants must bring their N.Y.S. Security Registration and NYS Pistol Permit to class.

What do I need to apply for a NYS Security Guard Registration?

 

To submit an unarmed guard application to the Department of State, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have not been convicted of a serious criminal offense
  • Be a citizen or resident alien of the United States
  • Have completed the 8 Hour Pre-Assignment Training Course
  • Get fingerprinted through IdentoGO. See below for more information.
  • $36 fee made payable to the NYS Department of State

To apply for armed guard registration, you must:

  • Have completed the 47 Hour Firearms Training Course for Armed Guards
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have not been convicted of a serious criminal offense
  • Be a citizen or resident alien of the United States
  • Get fingerprinted through IdentoGO. See below for more information.
  • $36 fee made payable to the NYS Department of State

If you want to upgrade your registration from an unarmed security guard to armed security guard, you must:

  • Have completed the 47 Hour Firearms Training Course for Armed Guards
  • Send your current security guard ID card with your application
  • $25 fee by check, money order, Mastercard, or Visa, made payable to the NYS Department of State

 

Fingerprinting Information

 

All NYS Security Guard applicants must be fingerprinted by the Department of State, even if you have been fingerprinted before for New York State.

Fingerprinting must be completed through an IdentoGO vendor. You must contact IdentoGO to make an appointment, by calling 1-877-472-6915 or book an appointment online. You must use service code 1545R1 to make the appointment and ensure your fingerprinting information goes to the correct department.

Once you complete your fingerprinting, attach a copy of your receipt to your security guard application as a form of proof to New York State that you completed this requirement.

Locations:

(Walk-ins are NOT accepted. An appointment must be made through IdentoGO)

 

Suffolk County

Kings Park

Shipping Center-PrintScan

21 Pulaski Road Kings Park

Kings Park, NY 11754

Monday & Friday 9AM-5PM

Tuesday & Thursday 9AM-6PM

Saturday 10AM-4PM

 East Moriches

IGHL

60 Montauk Highway

East Moriches, NY 11940

Monday, Tuesday,

Wednesday, & Friday:

9AM-12PM, 1PM-4PM

 Riverhead

Comfort Keepers

31 Main Road, Suite 9

Riverhead, NY 11901

Monday 2PM-4PM Tues, Wed, Thurs: 10AM-1PM, 2PM-5PM Friday 10AM-1PM, 2PM-4PM
 Sag Harbor

East End Consulting

3330 Noyac Road Building D

Sag Harbor, NY 11963-1931

Monday 11:30AM-3:30PM

 

Nassau County

 Hicksville

PrintScan Quality Plaza

958 South Broadway

Hicksville, NY 11801

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 9AM-5PM Wednesday 9AM-6PM Saturday 10AM-4PM
 Hempstead

236 Fulton Avenue Suite 200

Hempstead, NY 11550

Monday-Friday 9AM-1PM, 1:30PM-5:30PM

Every Other Saturday 9AM-2PM

 

Queens

 Woodside

 3905 63rd Street

Woodside, NY 11377

Monday-Thursday 9AM-7PM

Friday 9AM-9PM

Saturday 10AM-7PM

 

Brooklyn

 Flatbush

Metropolitan Special Services

1772 Flatbush Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11210

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 8:30AM-6PM Tuesday & Thursday 8:30AM-8PM

Every Other Saturday 10AM-6PM

 Fulton Street

 2174 Fulton Street

Brooklyn, NY 11233

 Monday-Thursday 9AM-6PM

Friday 9AM-7PM

 Barclays Center

Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11217-2004

 Monday-Friday 9AM-1PM, 1:30PM-5:30PM

 

Manhattan

 Park Place

Global Document Expediters

22 Park Place, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10007

Monday 9AM-6PM

Tuesday & Friday 9AM-5PM

Wednesday 9AM-7PM

Thursday 9AM-5:30PM

3rd Saturdays 9AM-1PM

 Midtown- 35th Street

247 West 35th Street

Room 201

New York, NY 10001-1927

Monday-Friday 9AM-5:30PM

Saturday 10AM-4PM

Times Square-Broadway

Securitas

1412 Broadway 17th Floor

New York, NY 10018

 Monday-Friday: 9AM-1PM, 2PM-4PM

 

Bronx

 South Bronx

Rio Consulting

349 East 149th Street Suite 605

Bronx, NY 10451

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9AM-5PM

Wednesday 9AM-6PM

Friday 9AM-1PM, 2PM-5PM

Every Other Saturday 10AM-2PM

Morris Park

2114 Wiliamsbridge Road

Suite 114 Lower Level

Bronx, NY 10461

Monday-Friday 9:30AM-6PM

Saturday 10AM-3PM

 

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